Now, nearly four months later, we are still transitioning down to one nap. It's ruthless! While I'm reluctant to give up Mason's morning nap, this time in limbo is killing me. I like a predictable schedule. I don't like having to wait and see if he sleeps in the morning or not, and then that determining our schedule and activities the rest of the day.
Mason's not quite ready--or at least I don't think he is--to give up his morning snooze. When he doesn't take his morning nap, he's an absolute bear by 10:30 AM--whiny, grouchy, and clingy. And even though I put him down an hour early for his afternoon nap, he's overtired by then and doesn't sleep as long as he needs to, making the rest of the day and bedtime rocky. Will he ever take one 3-hour nap a day, as other mothers swear by? That feels like a myth to me right now!
My strategy, which seems to change every couple of weeks, is currently the following:
- Put Mason down at his normal morning nap time (9 AM). He has 45 minutes to fall asleep. If he falls asleep, don't let him sleep more than 30-45 minutes. If he takes a morning nap, put him down at his normal afternoon nap time (1:30 PM). He can take as long as he needs to in the afternoon to fall asleep, but don't let him sleep past 4:15 PM so he's semi-tired for night-night at 7:30 PM.
- If Mason boycotts his morning nap, put him down at 12:15-12:30 PM. When this happens, he normally falls asleep pretty quickly, but he often cries out during the nap and sometimes only sleeps 75-90 minutes (and then he walks me over to the stairs and asks for night-night at 5 PM).
Currently, Mason takes a morning nap about every other day. Even though taking a brief morning snooze makes it harder for him to fall asleep in the afternoon, he's in better spirits on days when he gets two naps. He still sleeps great at night.
Another mom told me that I'll "just know" when Mason's ready and it's time to bite the bullet and forgo his morning nap. Is this true? What has your experience been?